The Van Nuys Airport (VNY) is set to break ground later this month on a $13 million runway improvement project, announced the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).As part of the eight-month project, Runway 16L will be reconstructed and Runway 16R will be rehabilitated to improve safety and extend the lifespan of airfield facilities at Van Nuys. LAWA operates the Van Nuys Airport and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). During construction, Runway 16L will be closed for 161 days.All 4,000 feet of Runway 16L will be reconstructed and jet blast pads added. Crews will also enhance the taxiway, runway lighting, airfield signage and surface markings.Runway 16R will have its asphalt and connector taxiways resurfaced, which LAWA said will extend the life of the pavement and refresh the runway and connector taxiway markings. Lighting will be upgraded to more efficient LED fixtures."As one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country, VNY and its tenants will benefit from these runway improvements that will enhance operations, safety and our facilities," said LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci."The project design, phasing and construction will maximize federal grants while minimizing disruption to ongoing operations. This work is an example of how VNY is meeting our strategic goals of operating and maintaining exceptional facilities for our tenants, employees and passengers."While Runway 16L is closed for reconstruction, operations will be directed to Runway 16R in an effort to minimize the airport's operational impacts during the project.LAWA said the goal for completion of construction is the end of November.